Nanaimo Regional General Hospital

Patients on Vancouver Island who have end-stage kidney disease and require dialysis therapy as a means of life support often face the decision of either travelling to Nanaimo three times per week for the rest of their lives, relocating to another community where there is a community dialysis unit, or exploring a home-based dialysis option.  Traveling or relocating for dialysis can have many negative impacts, including additional costs, changes to independence, travel burden, loss of community, and/or conflicting work schedules.  This is especially significant for patients living in rural communities, for whom traveling and finding accommodations can pose significant financial impact.  For patients who wish to manage their life-sustaining dialysis treatments at home, specialized training and follow up in Nanaimo is required.  Patients considering home dialysis can face significant travel and financial barriers to getting the training they need to successfully achieve their goal.

The Nanaimo Kidney Condo team

The NRGH Home Dialysis Unit, in partnership with Vancouver Island Kidney Patients Foundation (VIKPA) and the Kidney Foundation of Canada – BC / Yukon, set out to remove those barriers.  The team knew that if they could secure temporary housing close to the hospital for patients traveling to Nanaimo for training, it could significantly reduce the stress on patients who are already going through so much.

The team launched a Nanaimo Kidney Condo “Your Way Home” initiative in August 2019. The Kidney Condo is a fully furnished 2-bedroom suite that patients and support people travelling to Nanaimo for dialysis training can stay in for free. The initiative has been enormously successful. Between August 2019 and December 2020, 30 unique patients had made 43 condo bookings for a total of 179 overnight stays.

Patients immediately benefited from the Kidney Condo, and often leave glowing reviews:

  • “Dialysing at home just would not have been an option for me without the condo being available – thanks so much – it’s changed my life.”
  • “To have a quiet, comfortable place to stay was life-saving for my visit here. Thank you for your generous spirit.”
  • “Staying in the Kidney Condo has really reduced our stress and worry during this challenging time – thank you.”

After overwhelmingly positive feedback from patients and their families, the contract for the condo was renewed for 2021 and the team intends to continue the project on a permanent basis. This empowering experience will continue improving the quality of life for patients, as well as their financial, social and psychological well-being, for years to come.

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VIKPA would like to thank the many people and businesses whose contributions made this day a success. A special thanks goes out to the Platinum Donors including;The Knights of Pythias .VIA Rail and Hosteling International. We would also like to say a special thanks to Janic Rai..We appreciate the continued help and support of Janice Jenkins. Anne Hill and the RJH staff which helped make this event enjoyable for all those who attended.
This year we were able to raise $16,496.00.

Please offer your support when you can to the generous donors who supported VIKPA.

Accent Inn Victoria
Adrena Line Adventure Tours
Aked Sandhu Wealth Management Raymond James
Amazing Bouncy Castle
Arome Aromatherapy Studio
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
Baby Jones
Ballet BC
Barb’s Fish and Chips
Bateman Robert
Belfry Theatre
BC Ferries
BC Forestry Discovery Center
Best Western Plus James Bay
Best Buy
Big O Tires (Quadra store)
Boston Pizza-Hillside
Brown’s Social House Langford
Bug Zoo
Cactus Club
Carmanah Appraisals
Cedar Hill Golf
Charelli’s Cheese Shop, Delicatessen & Catering
Chemainus Theatre
Cineplex Silver City
City Centre Langford Bowling
Cook’s Day Off
Cordova Bay Golf Course
Craigdarroch Castle
Crystal Lodge Whistler
Crystal Pool
CVS Tours
Dairy Queen (Quadra store)
Deco de Mode Nail Spa
Dr Tyler Crowe
Disney World
DTI Computers
Esso Car Clinic (Hillside)
Esquimalt Parks and Rec Centre
Everything Wine
Fairmount Empress
Fernwood Coffee Company
Floyds Dinner
Flying Otter Grill
Frankie’s restaurant-Victoria
Frankie’s Italian Kitchen and Bar-Vancouver BC
Fox Mary
Gorge Vale Golf
Harbour Air
Home Sense
Hotel Grand Pacific
Hotel Rialto
Hosteling International – Victoria
Il Terrazzo Restaurant
IMAX Theatre
Jade Store Victoria
James Michelle
Jamie’s Whale Watching
J. J. Morgan Restaurant
Kaleidoscope Theatre
LA Limousine
Landsea Tours & Adventures
Langham Court Theatre
Lawson Lundell LLP Law Firm Vancouver
Lighthouse Cake Company
London Drugs
Miniature World
McDonald’s Saanich-Cedar Hill
Moxies Bar and Grill
Nestle Company
Oak Bay Rec. Centre
Ocean River Sports
Olympic View Golf Course
Ooh la la Cupcakes
Optics International
Pagliaccis Restaurant
Panorama Rec Centre
Panago Pizza
Park Inn & Suites (Vancouver@ Broadway)
Patterson Corrine
Patterson Maralyn (Port Hardy)
Peninsula Co-op (Saanichton)
Prince of Whales Whale Watching
Ramada Quality Inn
Rexall Home Healthcare (Mcgill and Orme )
Rexall- Fort St
Romeo’s Restaurant.
Royal BC Museum
Royal McPherson Theatre & Playhouse
Saanich Parks & Recreation
Save On Foods (Blanshard)
Sea Cider Farm & Cider House
Serious Coffee
Sidney Pier Hotel & Spa
Shopper’s Drugmart (Saanichton)
Spinnakers Gastro Brewpub & Guesthouses
Stubbs Isalnd Whale Watching
Sunnydale golf Society
Tally Ho Carriage Tours
Telegraph Cove Resort
Tigh-Na-Mara Seaside Resort Spa and Conference Centre
The Butchart Gardens
The Keg Steakhouse and Bar at the Winery
The Knights of Pythias
The Market on Yates
The Old House Hotel & Spa
The Rolling Barrel
The Victoria Conservatory of Music
Times Colonist
Turtle Island Consulting Services
Uclulet Waters Edge
Uplands Golf
Vancouver Canucks
Via Rail
Victoria Butterfly Gardens
Victoria Caladonian Brewers & Distillery
Victoria Harbour Cats
Victoria Harbour Ferry
Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour
Victoria Symphony
Victoria Royals Hockey Club
View Royal Casino
YWCA Hotel Vancouver
Walt Disney World Company
Westshore Rec Centre
Wildwood Outdoor Living Centre ( Cannor Nursery)
White Spot (Fort Street)
Whole Foods
Zambri’s Restaurant

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The Renal Review - Winter 2017

The Renal Review Winter 2017

Presidents Report
This is the time of year that VIKPA reflects upon what we have been able to accomplish on behalf of kidney patients on Vancouver and Gulf Islands.

Click the image to the left to download the latest issue.
File is a PDF you can save to your computer or view online.

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Presidents Report
I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who volunteered to take positions on our VIKPA board during our AGM on February 18, 2016. The executive consists of people who have personal connections to VIKPA and kidney disease. We are a 100% volunteer organization so I especially appreciate all the hard work they do as each plays an important role in providing services, equipment and comfort items to kidney patients on Vancouver and Gulf Islands that would otherwise not be provided. VIKPA serves the over 2500 kidney patients on Vancouver Island and works hard to make a difference in their lives.

Download the Newsletter here:  Vikpa Newsletter Spring 2016

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Vancouver Island Kidney Patient’s Association
5th Annual Silent Auction

When:  Wednesday March 4th 2015
Where:  Royal Jubilee Hospital Lobby
Time:  9am – 3:30pm
Why:  To promote kidney month

Each day an average of 15 Canadians learn that their kidneys have failed, often due to diabetes or hypertension.

Your donations are the lifeblood of our organization.

Join us, to support Kidney month and VIKPA by attending this event on March 4th.

-50/50 Draw Check us out on the
-Dozens of Silent Auction Items VIHA Intranet

Thank you for your ongoing support.

NB: All items are to be picked up at the close of bidding on March 4th.

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